Thurston County Chamber Announces 2019 Boss of the Year Honorees


The Thurston County Chamber announced the 10th annual Boss of the Year honorees this week. 

Co-sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the awards recognize “outstanding individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision and performance,” according to a press release from the chamber. 


2019 Boss of the Year Recipients:

Erika Montgomery, Three Girls Media Inc.

Ben Shah, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates

Dave Wasson, Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters 


2019 Honorable Mentions:

Jim Greene, Greene Realty

Melanie Matthews, Physicians of Southwest Washington

Ronelle Funk, Ronelle Funk Insurance - Allstate


Employees nominated more than 40 bosses for the 2019 Boss of the Year recognition. 

“For the 10th year in a row, we are recognizing outstanding leaders in the workplace,” said Reid Bates, owner at Express Employment Professionals. “What makes this award unique is that nominations come from the leader’s direct reports. In the lab of actual workplaces, around 25 students from Saint Martin’s University are examining a dozen finalists to uncover what makes these bosses excel in leading their teams. The student’s analysis is incorporated into the selection process for the 2019 Boss of the Year Awards.” 

A recognition event will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Hotel RL Olympia. A lunch buffet and recognition program starts at 12 p.m. To make a reservation to attend, register online at


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